Covid app offers new hope of international travel

After a successful test of a health passport system on a flight from the UK to the US, hopes were raised for a breakthrough in coronavirus travel.

The CommonPass app was tested by passengers on a trip from Heathrow to New York on Wednesday and given thumbs up by officials.

Passengers flying to Newark with United Airlines performed a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure and logged the results in a CommonPass app on their phones.

Upon departure from the UK and upon arrival at the US airport, a QR code was provided for scanning by airline and border personnel.

CommonPass was developed by the non-profit Commons Project and is supported by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Bradley Perkins, Chief Medical Officer of the Commons Project told TravelWeekly, “Without the ability to trust Covid-19 tests across international borders, many countries will feel compelled to maintain full travel bans and mandatory quarantines as long as the pandemic continues .

“With trustworthy individual health data, however, the countries can implement more differentiated requirements for health screening for entry.”

Paul Meyer, Executive Director of the Commons Project, said, “After these successful trials, we’re starting to roll out CommonPass with more of the world’s largest airlines.

“In November and December we will launch routes through Asia, Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East.”

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO added, “It is important that the benefits of aviation recur.

“We look forward to reviewing the results of today’s pilot and using the findings to support the recovery of an industry that offers so many jobs and economic opportunities around the world.”

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